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Biochemical and biophysical research communications

Biodegradation of triiodophenol by cell-free extracts of a pentachlorophenol-degrading Flavobacterium sp.


PMID 1989618

Abstract

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) degrading Flavobacterium sp. ATCC 39723 was found to degrade other polyhalogenated phenolic compounds, including triiodophenol, tribromophenol, and trichlorophenol. Each compound was able to induce the degradation of the other compounds. A PCP Flavobacterium sp. mutant, F-2, was unable to degrade any of the halogenated compounds. The results suggest that all of the polyhalogenated phenols were degraded by the same enzyme system. This observation led us to exploit the sensitive leuco crystal violet assay, which measures the iodide released from triiodophenol. Cell free extracts from PCP-induced cells were able to release iodide from triiodophenol. The reaction required NADPH and oxygen.

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